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New Mexico Land Conservancy

Helping people conserve the places they love.

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Conservation easements protect:

Water

Helping ensure that our watersheds remain whole and healthy – filtering and replenishing – and that precious, life-giving rivers, streams and other water flows are protected.

Wildlife

Helping protect the natural resources that wildlife depend on: water, habitat, and open space for their migratory corridors and flyways. After all, wildlife – and nature, in general – doesn’t recognize property lines!

Working Lands    

Helping ranchers and farmers keep their properties whole and their heritage preserved, providing food and protecting New Mexico’s open space for public benefit.

Our Vision: One Million Acres Conserved!

Goal: 1,000,000 acres!

284,378 acres conserved!

Land Conservation protects water, too!

Land conservation can play a critical role in ensuring that our watersheds remain whole and healthy. New Mexico Land Conservancy efforts have led to:

Conservation of:

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of seasonal waterways

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of perennial rivers and streams

Our new annual record: 74,521 acres conserved in 2019!

Conserving land. Preserving heritage.

Our goal is to preserve New Mexico’s unique and diverse land heritage for conservation purposes and the benefit of local communities, the public, and future generations.

For Love of the Land

Latest News

We’re Hiring! Conservation Intern (May – Sept 2020)

POSTED: February 3,2020 Position will remain open until filled.

NMLC seeks a qualified and motivated individual to assist with stewardship and monitoring activities in support of the organization’s mission and in accordance with its established plans and policies.  May – September 2020. This position reports to the Stewardship Coordinator but will involve interaction with the entire staff.

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A ‘Lek up’ for the Lesser Prairie Chicken in New Mexico!

With their unique sounds and elaborate dance displays, the Lesser Prairie Chicken is one of New Mexico’s iconic reminders of our vanishing grasslands and a species losing ground to development. As construction begins this week on its monumental Sagamore Wind Project in eastern New Mexico, wind developer, Xcel Energy, voluntarily buys mitigation credits in New Mexico’s first Lesser Prairie Chicken Conservation Bank, the result of a two-year effort by a host of partners including: Common Ground Capital, RiverBank Conservation, Tomahawk CB LLC, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Mack Kizer/Lost Draw Ranch, and the New Mexico Land Conservancy (NMLC).

 

Legislating for Healthy Soil in New Mexico

New Mexico joined a host of other states this year by enacting the Healthy Soil Act to encourage and help fund education and agricultural practices that enhance the condition of this critical natural resource. Here’s how one rancher, Kimberly Barmann, CS Ranch, is helping to get the word out about the importance and benefits of healthy soil on New Mexico’s rangelands.

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